Cape Banks - Beach in Carpenter Rocks Grant SA - SLS Beachsafe

Cape Banks SA

Immediately west of Bucks Bay the coast transforms as a deep nearshore zone permits the high southwest swell to reach the beaches, producing higher energy beaches backed by some substantial sand dune systems.Cape Banks is a cuspate foreland protruding 500 m seaward in lee of calcarenite rocks and reefs. To... Read more

Immediately west of Bucks Bay the coast transforms as a deep nearshore zone permits the high southwest swell to reach the beaches, producing higher energy beaches backed by some substantial sand dune systems.Cape Banks is a cuspate foreland protruding 500 m seaward in lee of calcarenite rocks and reefs. To the east is a 2.4 km long curving southwest facing beach (43) backed by nine active blowouts and dune extending up to 300 m inland and reaching heights of 20 m. The gravel road from Carpenters Rocks skirts the back of the dunes providing access to the Cape Banks lighthouse (constructed 1882) and the beaches to either side of the foreland. The eastern beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m in the centre, which usually maintain about six rips along the beach and a surf zone up to 200 m wide. Wave decrease toward the eastern point as shallow reef dominates the nearshore.

Swimming

Be very careful on Cape Banks beaches where rips dominate. The safest swimming is in lee of the reefs along the eastern end of the beach.

Surfing

The best beach breaks are along the centre of the beach.

Fishing

A good spot for beach fishing into the rip holes.

General

Most visitors drive to the lighthouse and view the beaches to either side, with few but the locals actually using the beach.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Carpenter Rocks, SA 5291

Length:
2.4km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0043

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Marine Warnings

Sun, 26 May 16:21
Marine Wind Warning Summary for South Australia

Sun, 26 May 16:13
Warning to Sheep Graziers


SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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